IBJNews

Indiana bans DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Indiana has banned the sale, distribution and use of DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide after finding that it damaged scores of trees and ornamental plants.

The Office of Indiana State Chemist at Purdue University, which administers state law involving pesticides, said Monday that it is notifying lawn-care companies and other professional users that the herbicide’s registration in Indiana has been canceled.

In July, IBJ reported that Indianapolis-based golf course manager R.N. Thompson Golf LLC was leading a class-action lawsuit against DuPont because it suffered "catastrophic tree loss” after applying Imprelis.

Indiana’s actions follow a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order in August requiring DuPont to stop selling and distributing Imprelis. The step Indiana took was necessary to prohibit other parties from selling and using it in the state, the office said.

The herbicide was intended to control a variety of broadleaf weeds such as ground ivy and wild violet on lawns, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, athletic field and sod farms.

But Imprelis became the target of complaints in Indiana in the spring from lawn care providers and customers who suspected it was damaging trees—mainly evergreens—and ornamental plants near where it was applied.

The state chemist’s office said it has investigated about 400 complaints since June.


 

ADVERTISEMENT

  • RN is top notch
    This speaks to the best of class management that RN Thompson incorporates on the courses that they manage. I am happy to have them manage our city courses.

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
ADVERTISEMENT